Top Chef - Ho No

After breakfast on the Creole Queen, the final three meet Padma and Tom for their final challenge. It's simple: Cook the best three-course meal you've ever made in your life. Desserts are optional. They are doing their cooking at a legendary place called Commander's Palace, and they'll be cooking for 12 judges. Richard, Casey and Marcel (all of whom made it to their season finales, but didn't win) are back. They draw knives for who gets to pick first. Hosea wins and picks Richard, who he thought should have won last season. Stefan generously "gives Marcel another shot." He says Marcel is a great chef but a bit of a twat. I'm quite sure the same has been said about Stefan. Carla gets Casey. And its girls against the boys.

Stefan and Hosea butt heads over foie gras during prep. Then they butt heads over caviar. Casey teaches Carla how to cook meat sous-vide.

Then, after prep, they hang out at the hotel and get their fortunes told. Stefan talks about how he's been stabbing Hosea and Carla voodoo dolls, in order to get an edge.

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